Panel: Role of Religion in the 2016 Run for the White House

The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress is putting on an event this Wednesday that many of us would be highly interested in. Particularly if you are interested in religion, especially how it affects political and social movements.

The U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress is hosting a panel discussing the role of religion in the 2016 Presidential Election. Distinguished professor at Welsey Theological Seminary, Mike McCurry, is moderating a panel of experts in the realm of religion and politics. Panelists include former Congressmen Lincoln Davis (D-TN, 2003-2011), Amo Houghton (R-NY, 1987-2005), and Frank Wolf (R-VA, 1981-2015), as well as “Religion Reporter of the Year” Michelle Boorstein from the Washington Post. Please join us Wednesday, June 17th at 2:30pm at the Congressional Meeting Room South of the Capitol Visitor Center. Please RSVP to Sharon Witiw, switiw@usafmc.org, or call 202-507-4847.

 

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Event: Grad Student Hangout (9/3)

If you’re looking for a fun activity to end your holiday weekend, join the rest of your colleagues tomorrow at the Patriot’s Cafe in Fairfax for a drink or two!

  • Who: All grad students (especially new ones!)
  • What: Grad student hangout
  • When: Monday, September 3, 7:30 PM
  • Where: Patriot’s Cafe, 10376 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, 22030

(Re)introducing the GSSA

Welcome, everyone–especially new graduate students!

Despite the tumbleweeds that have been rolling through this blog for the past few months, the GSSA is a recognized and active student organization committed to encouraging a social and academic community among students in GMU’s sociology graduate programs.

We hope you’ll take a minute to (re)acquaint yourself with our website, which has a lot of useful information. If you’d like to learn more about the organization, check out our About page, our Members page, and a list of past events we’ve sponsored. And most importantly, like us on Facebook so you can hear about great things going on around campus or in the DC area without the hassle of checking our blog regularly or the risk of missing out on something!

There are also some great resources that we feature on this site, such as:

  • A regularly updated calendar that includes GMU academic deadlines, departmental events, other events around GMU of interest to sociologists (e.g., Women & Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, etc.), sociological events of note in the DC metro area, submission deadlines and conferences (local and major regional/national) to which you might submit your work, and GSSA events. We’ll be posting regularly about upcoming events (especially those sponsored by GSSA) on our blog and on Facebook.
  • comprehensive list of over two hundred sociology and social science journals to which you might submit your work, complete with h-indexes measuring reach/prestige.
  • The most recent issue of our newsletterIn the Field, published in the spring. (A new issue will be published this fall.)
  • A list of several dozen sociology blogs located in the right sidebar.

As you can see from our calendar, we already have several social events planned for the upcoming semester, in addition to the Second Annual Public Sociology Graduate Conference in October, which the GSSA is co-hosting with the Public Sociology Association. We’ll be meeting soon to talk about ways to round out this slew of interesting fall events with a few more social or professional development events.

We consider all grad students to be members of the GSSA, so we want to organize events that are helpful and engaging for you. Please e-mail us if you have any ideas for how we can be a better organization, or if you want to help us to plan and organize these events. (We can always use it–we’re all busy!) We hope you’ll find a little time to give back to the department and the student community, as well as to benefit from the events and resources that we offer!

Event: Grad Student Hangout

Welcome back, everyone! Join us after the department reception to have a drink and (re)connect with grad students at Fat Tuesday’s, in University Mall just off campus.

  • Who: All grad students (especially new ones!)
  • What: Grad student hangout
  • When: Thursday, August 23, following the department reception that starts at 6:00 PM
  • Where: Fat Tuesday’s, 10673 Braddock Road  Fairfax, VA 22032

This Week: 1/30

Click here for the full calendar.

January 31: Submission deadline, “The Art of Activism,” Society for the Study of Social Problems, Denver CO (August 16-18, 2012).

January 31: Last day to add classes

February 2-5: Conference, “Toward a Feminist Institution: Transforming the Academy,” Sociologists for Women in Society, St. Petersburg, FL.

February 6: Submission deadline, First Annual Graduate Student Research Conference, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (March 23, 2012).

February 10: Lecture, “ASA President’s address to the DC Sociological Society,” Cecelia Ridgeway (Stanford), ASA Headquarters (1430 K St. NW, Suite 600), 6:00 PM.

February 10-12: Conference, Lavender Languages & Linguistics Conference, American University, Washington, DC.

This Week: 1/23

Welcome back, everyone! Keep your eyes peeled on this blog for upcoming events, deadlines, and milestones of note throughout the semester.

Click here for the full calendar.

January 23: First day of classes

January 31: Submission deadline, “The Art of Activism,” Society for the Study of Social Problems, Denver CO (August 16-18, 2012).

January 31: Last day to add classes

February 2-5: Conference, “Toward a Feminist Institution: Transforming the Academy,” Sociologists for Women in Society, St. Petersburg, FL.

February 6: Submission deadline, First Annual Graduate Student Research Conference, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (March 23, 2012).

This Week: 11/28

There are a few more engaging events upcoming this semester as everyone starts to disappear into their final papers. Best of luck to everyone!

Click here for the full calendar.

November 29: Grad student teaching workshop led by Nancy Hanrahan (GMU), Robinson B 313 (SOAN Conference Room), 1:30 PM.

November 30: SOAN student-faculty discussion of Loic Wacquant’s study of “actually existing neoliberalism,” SUB I, Room 3B, 10:30-12:00 PM.

December 1: Submission deadline, “Renewing Sociology: Living Traditions and Creative Beginnings,” North Central Sociological Association, Pittsburgh, PA (April 12-15, 2012).

December 5: Arab Uprisings Brown Bag Lecture Series, “Saudi Arabia’s Counterrevolutions: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives,” featuring Rosie Bsheer (Columbia), Research 161, 12:00-1:00 PM.

December 10: Last day of classes

December 13-20: Exam  period

January 11: Submission deadline, “Real Utopias: Emancipatory Projects, Institutional Designs, Possible Futures,” American Sociological Association, Denver, CO (August 17-20, 2012).

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